Marlon Byrd fractures wrist after getting hit by pitch
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd fractured his right wrist on Tuesday night when he got hit by a pitch in a 5-4 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Byrd was hit by Sean O’Sullivan in the sixth inning, and he looked to be in severe pain when it first happened. Byrd was able to shake it off and run the bases, but he was replaced by Brennan Boesch in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Reds manager, Bryan Price, told ESPN reporters, “It’s a wrist fracture but right now we don’t know to what degree.”
This has some major implications for the Reds as a team. Currently the Reds stand fourth in the National League Central, and they are 11 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place. They currently seem too far behind to catch up, but it is only June. Crazier things have happened.
Byrd has been a vital part of the Reds offensive success, which has been few and far between, thus far in 2015. The 37 year-old is only batting .212, but he has 10 home runs and 25 RBI in 47 games.
The Reds offense has been struggling as a unit. They currently rank 26th in the majors in offensive production, so losing just one piece of their offense isn’t going to effect them that much, unless they begin to get production from all spots in the lineup.
Byrd’s return time is unclear, but I am assuming he will be on the DL for at least 15 days. If you have him on your fantasy team, be aware of his injury and keep updated on how long he is going to be out. I wouldn’t drop him from your fantasy team because he is a valuable outfielder.
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